South Korea v Mexico Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 23rd June
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews South Korea v Mexico and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s World Cup Group F clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats, facts and more.
South Korea v Mexico Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 23/06/18
- Time: 16:00
- Venue: Rostov Arena
- Channel: ITV1
Mexico go in to their second group game against South Korea on the back of a possibly their greatest ever World Cup victory against reigning champions Germany thanks to Hirving Lozano’s goal in the 35th minute of the match. El Tri were more than worthy winners with an astute counter attacking game plan working a treat against a Germany team who looked to have under-estimated their Central American counterparts.
Mexico are likely to have more of the ball in this match and will look to their strikers Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela to help get past a South Korea side who struggled for end product against Sweden as they suffered a 1-0 defeat in a hard fought opening group match.
Mexico have won all 3 of their previous World Cup games against Asian opposition, scoring 7 goals and only conceding 2 in the process. They look likely to continue that goal scoring form against a South Korea side who have failed to score in their last 2 World Cup matches. South Korea’s main goal threat, Son Heung-Min, looked starved of any real quality in the final third of the pitch and I don’t see any reason why this should change against a well organised Mexican side. Mexico are best priced with Sky Bet at 6/4 to win to Nil and I believe that could be a very good bet against a side who look blunt in attack.
Javier Hernandez with be leading the line again on Saturday and he looked lively against Germany. A match up against South Korea will hopefully see him find the net for the first time in the tournament and score his 50th goal for his country. He is best priced at 19/4 with Unibet to score first in the match.
Despite the pressure being on Mexico to take advantage of their great start in Group F they should be backed to carry on their march towards the knockout rounds of the competition and they can give their fans another game to remember with a win and possible qualification to the last 16.
Manager Shin Tae-Yong will be without defender Park Joo-Hoo but otherwise has a fully fit squad to pick from.
Mexican Manager Juan Carlos Osorio has a fully fit squad to pick from and will most likely pick an unchanged side.
Potential South Korea Starting XI: Cho; Lee Yong, Chan, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-woo; Lee Jae-sung, Ki, Koo; Hwang, Kim Shin-wook, Son
Potential Mexico Starting XI: Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Herrera, Guardado, Layun, Vela, Lozano, Hernandez
Head To Head
- These two sides are fairly familiar with each other having met 10 times in the past, with Mexico edging the head-to-head record courtesy of five wins to Korea’s four.
- El Tri won the most recent meeting in 2014 convincingly too, running out 4-0 winners thanks largely to an Alan Pulido hat-trick in San Antonio.
- Korea had won all three previous meetings this century prior to that, though, including a 2-1 triumph at the 2001 Confederations Cup.
- The only previous World Cup contest between the two teams came in 1998, when Mexico were 3-1 winners in Lyon courtesy of a second-half comeback.
Key Stats & Facts
- In their last seven games at the World Cup Mexico haven’t lost their second game (W3,D4)
- In 9 games against Spanish speaking opposition at World Cup Finals South Korea have won none in 90 minutes (D3, L6).
- South Korea 21/4
- Draw 11/4
- Mexico 13/15
Backing Mexico in this game might be the easiest option but it is for me the right one. They should have too much quality for South Korea and could be in for an easy time in defence as their opponents have yet to register a shot on target in 90 minutes of football.